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Should I talk to someone, or is it all in my head? - May 4th 2010, 05:50 PM

So I've always been a nervous/anxious person. I'd stress out over school and other things but usually I could calm myself down, except when they were at their worst. Since I started college, I've noticed it is getting significantly worse.

I've been having these moments of this feeling like something horrible is about to happen, and I should have known about it, I get this tense feeling in my chest and find myself fighting the urge to cry. They don't happen often to this extent (maybe once a month are the worst ones but I have smaller ones at least once a week), and when they do they don't last long.

Also I've noticed socially I'm a lot more paranoid. I'm in constant fear that I've committed a faux pas and everyone is judging me and talking about me when I leave the room. And if my boyfriend doesn't text me back soon enough, or call me when he's supposed to I worry something horrible has happened, like a car accident, or someone has told him something that will make him angry at me, even though I've done nothing wrong to make me feel this way.

Also I'm almost constantly feeling overwhelmed to the point where I have to make lists of almost EVERYTHING that I need to do, including when to eat, sleep, and shower. It's the only thing that can calm me down, but sometimes I have to do it even when I don't have a lot of work.

I'm sorry this is so long, and I really appreciate anything you guys can tell me. Basically I'm wondering if I should talk to someone, or if these are just normal, transitional things that everyone goes through. Thank you so much in advance.
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Re: Should I talk to someone, or is it all in my head? - May 5th 2010, 05:29 PM

Hey, Megan.

It never hurts to talk to someone. While these may be transitional phases you're experiencing now (as a possible result of stress) it is a good idea to talk to someone about it if they're getting excessive. You may have an anxiety disorder of sorts but since I'm not a trained professional, it really isn't my duty to diagnose you. For all you know, I may be wrong.

But I would consider talking to someone about it. It'll help you figure things out a little.

Good luck. Feel free to PM me should you ever need a chat.

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